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There is a war going on! We are in the midst of it! We are called to fight! We are promised victory if we will but fight!
There is an unseen spiritual world--a world as real as, and more powerful than, the world we see with our natural eyes. The unseen spiritual world is filled with spiritual beings--some good and some evil. Many of the events and circumstances in the natural world are merely a manifestation of things that have happened or are happening in the unseen spiritual world.
Satan--the devil, a fallen angel--rules the evil forces in the spiritual world. His kingdom is a highly organized realm of evil spiritual beings, some given specific areas or groups to rule over, and others given specific tasks to accomplish under the direction of the ruling area or group leader.
Jesus, the Christ, is Lord! He rules and directs the good spiritual forces, and He has regained the authority that man gave to Satan. He now is Lord over all--the good and the evil. All spiritual forces are under Him.
We need to live so that we are mindful of both worlds--the natural, or that which is seen, and the spiritual, or that which is unseen. The Apostle Paul writes, "While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal." (2 Corinthians 4:18 KJV)
The Bible gives insight into the unseen spiritual world. It tells us that Satan was an angel, created by God to serve Him. Satan rebelled against Godís authority, seeking to establish his own authority and rule. Satan led a group of angels to follow him in his rebellion. When man sinned, he gave Satan the right to rule over him. Satanís kingdom then became established over the earth, and he assigned the fallen angels specific territories to rule over. The Bible describes our warfare against these fallen angels in Ephesians 6:10-18.
Godís Son then took on the form of a human and became a man, to live like one of us. Because He never sinned, Satan had no authority over Him. Jesus, Godís Son, was given the task of taking our sins upon Himself and suffering Godís wrath for us. Satan had Jesus killed and took him into hell, hoping to keep Him there, but God raised Jesus from the dead. Satan couldnít hold Him in hell; God had other plans for Him. Since Satan had killed an innocent man, God gave Jesus authority over Satan. Now Jesus is Lord over all.
We, the people of this earth, now have a choice. We can remain in Satanís kingdom, continuing to live for ourselves, as Satan does, or we can receive Godís plan of salvation offered to us through Jesus. If we choose Godís way, we can repent of our self-centeredness and ask God to forgive us and to give us the grace to live for Him as Jesus did. We can receive the Spirit of God into our lives to enable us to overcome our sinful ways. We can renounce having opened doors to evil through our sinful and rebellious ways, be cleansed from them, and then be made free to live for Jesus.
At Calvary, where Jesus was crucified, Godís victory for us was accomplished. Calvary shows us the unconditional and undeserved love of God; Jesus died for us in spite of the fact that we have done nothing to deserve the sacrifice of His life for us. Our way of thinking that "We must work for something in order to get it," was thereby invalidated. Because Jesus freely took our sins upon Himself and suffered the punishment due us, we are no longer under condemnation from God. At Calvary the power of sin, as well as the sinful patterns of Satan that had come into men, were defeated by Jesus.
When Jesus took our sinful ways upon Himself and through the power of the Holy Spirit said "No!" to our sinful ways for us, He won the victory over our sinful nature. This victory can now be accomplished in us through His Spirit Whom He sends to us from His heavenly throne.
The Holy Spirit can enable us to reign in this life over the sinful ways that have held us in bondage. We too, like Jesus, can say "No!" to the temptations of this world. We too can live in communion with God through the Holy Spirit as Jesus did when He lived on the earth. The Bible says, "For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life." (Romans 5:10 KJV, highlight added)
Through the victory Jesus won at Calvary, I can now exchange my sinful ways for His Holy ways. I can give Jesus my anger and receive His love and forgiveness for people. I can give Him my lust and my covetousness and receive His purity and His contentment.
Since I can put off the old ways and receive His ways, I no longer have to strive to be good, beating myself up when I donít do it right. Rather, I can receive from Him the desire, as well as the power, to do good. I can be changed, from the inside out, by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit . The Bible says, "For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure." (Philippians 2:13 KJV) ). In Ezekiel 36:26-27, God promised to put His Spirit within us and to cause us to walk in His ways.
Satan will attempt to hold people in bondage to sin if they try to escape from his ways. I know; I was in bondage to drunkenness. Jesus, however, has won the victory. He did not have a compulsion to consume excess alcohol. Nor was He afraid of alcohol or of how it might affect society. After all, He turned water into wine!
Jesus took upon Himself my compulsion for excessive amounts of alcohol and said "No!" to my sinful ways for me. He now imparts to me the desire to be sober and to live for His Father as He did.
Satan can establish strongholds of spiritual bondage over people, families, communities, and even nations. Drunkenness was in my generations; two of my great-grandfathers were in bondage to the sin of drunkenness. But God can bring us into freedom as we confess the sins of our fathers. The shame and guilt and the repetition of the sin of drunkenness can be removed from us and from our generations. Satanís strongholds can be broken.
There can be levels of spiritual bondage. Alcoholism was just a symptom of deeper spiritual problems and needs in my life. The sense of being abandoned was deep in my spirit. In my generations there was death by suicide. There was also the sin and guilt and pain caused by abandonment. There was a fear of not having enough--of insufficient provision. Deep-seated fears such as these can lead us to want to escape from having to face difficult situations. These patterns can cause us to live in guilt and shame and lead us to do shameful things so the feelings of guilt and shame can be continued. Fears of insufficiency can lead to a desire for excess, causing us to want to store up so that we will be sure to have enough, or to crave excess food or drink so that we can feel "safe." All of these patterns can feed the desire for the sinful and deceitful ways of drunkenness. BUT GOD can replace these sinful, fearful patterns of behavior through the cross of Jesus, and through the impartation of His Holy Spiritís power.
Jesusí way is that we trust in the heavenly storehouse He has for us. He is our Provider. He will multiply the gifts we sow into His kingdom. Jesusí way is that we trust Him to give us wisdom and strength to face our problems rather than fearing them. Jesusí way is for us to know that He is always with us, so that we can be there for our families rather than living in fear of being abandoned by others. Jesusí way is for us to know that there is no condemnation to those who come to His Father through Him. We do not have to live in guilt and shame. Jesus leads us to know and experience the truth of His Word and His promises so that we can be freed from our fears and our sinful addictions. He said, "If ye continue in my wordÖye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:31-32 KJV)
Satan can establish curses over us, our families and our communities if we open the door to him. I was under the curse of witchcraft because someone close to me went to a fortune teller, where a curse was put on me and others. Drunkenness became a sin of all of us under that curse.
We can allow evil spirits to have access to us if we dabble in horoscope reading, new age philosophies, Eastern religions, Freemasonry, and the like. We can open doors to evil through participating in the rituals of college fraternities and sororities. The Bible explicitly warns us of such practices in Deuteronomy 18:10-12. Through these activities, we welcome evil spirits into our lives, and they can affect those in our families for up to four generations. They affect our homes, our communities and our nation.
When we try to rid ourselves of these Satanic bondages there will be those who will seek to curse us and to keep us under the spiritual powers we have succumbed to. BUT GOD will set us free if we diligently seek Him, repent of and renounce the ways of evil, forgive those who curse us, and become filled with His Spirit.
After having freed me and other people from some of these spiritual strongholds, God now uses me and others to bring freedom to individuals, families, lands and nations.
God will assign His angels to us to protect and keep us. He protects us from Satanís plan to bring total destruction to us when we allow him to have access to us. But, more than this, God will bring about His plan of freedom for us. The Spirit of God is able to reveal to us the things we have done which have allowed Satanic strongholds to be established. The Holy Spirit will lead us to repentance and confession so that the sins can be removed. The Holy Spirit will give us the wisdom and strength necessary to establish new patterns of behavior and new attitudes so that we walk under His leading and direction. We become spiritual warriors in Godís kingdom, coming into our own freedom and then training and discipling others so they too can be freed and bring Godís freedom to others.
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Our Father loves us and created us to know Him and to love His ways. He wants to work all things in our lives so that we will become like His Son, having His character and nature developed in us (Romans 8:28-29). God will accomplish His purpose through the work of the Holy Spirit.
Satan wants to impart into us his own ways and character. He tries to do this through his demonic forces and fallen angels. Jesus came to show us how to live as humans who fully trust in and depend upon living in the will of God, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
In Isaiah 14 God gives us an insight into the will and character of Satan. This section compares his will with the desires and will of Jesus. A suggested prayer is given as part of each section, encouraging us to ask God to develop in us the ways of Jesus and to free us from the ways of Satan.
The "I wills" of Satan:
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, 1) I will ascend into heaven, 2) I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: 3) I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 4) I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; 5) I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit." (Isaiah 14:12-15 KJV, numbers and italics added)
1. The first I will of Satan: "I will ascend into heaven."
This demonstrates the self-determination of Satan, who said in effect, "I will go where I want to go when I want to go there." Contrast this characteristic of Satan with the character of Jesus, Who said at the beginning of His life, "Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God." (Hebrews 10:7 KJV) At the end of His life He said, "Not my will, but thine, be done." (Luke 22:42 KJV) Jesus not only did what His Father wanted Him to do, He waited for the time that His Father wanted Him to do it. When told by His mother that they were out of wine at the wedding at Cana, He told her, "Mine hour is not yet come." (John 2:4 KJV) Later He performed the miracle of turning water into wine. An important difference between Jesus and Satan is that Satan decides what to do and when to do it; Jesus lets His Father tell Him what to do and when to do it.
A prayer to become like Jesus:
Father, I want to be conformed into the image of Your Son, Jesus. I desire to do what You want, when You want me to do it. I choose to let You direct my actions at all times. Forgive me when I have done my will rather than Yours. Forgive me for being presumptuous and doing things when I wanted to do them, and did not seek Your timing in doing them. Let Your Holy Spirit conform me into the nature of Christ. Amen.
2. The second "I will" of Satan: "I will exalt my throne above the stars of God."
Here we see Satan trying to advance himself at the expense of others. Satan seeks to have men be under him. He wants to rule. On the other hand, Jesus said, "Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." (Matthew 20:28 KJV) He had previously stated that the unbelievers seek to rule and to exercise authority, but Jesus called His disciples to seek to serve others.
God exalted Jesus as Jesus sought to serve all. Satan tries to exalt himself over others, so God will destroy his rule.
A prayer to become like Jesus:
Father I want to have the nature of Jesus developed in me. I want to live to serve others, helping them to come into their calling in life. I want to help others and to bring them to You so that they can receive the power of Your Spirit and know You and Your plan for them.
Forgive me for the times when I have exalted myself above others, wanting them to notice me, or to follow me, rather than helping them to know You and to live for You. Let Your Holy Spirit conform me into the image of Christ, so that others can know Him and through Him give honor and praise to You. Amen
3. The third "I will" of Satan: "I will sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north."
In this statement, Satan is saying that he will sit as ruler and judge over the people. In the Bible, God states that He will rule His people from His holy mountain (Isaiah 2:2; Psalm 48:1-2). Satan tries to exalt himself as ruler and judge. Rather than to declare to those under him the judgments and counsel of God, Satan says, "I will determine what is best for those who are with me. I will tell the people what to do. I will have them look at me for wisdom and counsel."
When Jesus came as the promised Messiah, it was prophesied of Him that He would not judge by what He saw with His eyes or by what He heard with His ears, but rather He would declare the judgments and the counsel of the Spirit of God (Isaiah 11:2-3). When Jesus came to earth He said, "As I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me." (John 5:30 KJV) Both Satan and Jesus seek to give counsel and declare judgment to people. Satan wants to declare his own judgments and ideas, and to have the people look to him for counsel. Jesus wants to declare the will, the judgments and the counsel of His Father, so that people look to and honor God. Satan seeks to exalt himself and what he knows. Jesus seeks to exalt His Father and His ways. Satan depends upon his own knowledge; Jesus depends upon and acknowledges Godís revelation.
A prayer to become like Jesus:
Father, I want to be like Jesus. I want to declare Your will, Your judgments, and Your counsel to others. Help me to be willing to stand up for Your ways.
Forgive me for the times when I have tried to get others to listen to me, rather than pointing them to You. Forgive me for exalting myself and my knowledge rather that declaring to people Your counsel and Your ways.
Help me to spend time with You, getting to know You and Your ways. Let Your Spirit perfect in me the nature of Jesus. Amen.
4. The fourth "I will" of Satan: "I will ascend above the heights of the clouds."
Satan wants to spend much time imagining how great his rule will be. He wants to spend time imagining how great he is, and how good he will have it some day. He desires to build himself a fantasy world according to his own liking, where all things go according to his plan, and where he is exalted.
Jesus lived in Godís reality. He did not build Himself a fantasy world. Instead, He studied the Word of God, knowing that He could find Godís present and future plan for Him there (Hebrews 10). He then knew that He would some day be exalted as Ruler and Judge of all, but He would let God bring this about. He also knew that He would experience suffering, rejection, and disappointments in this present life. He knew that amidst the trials and pains of this life He still could bring the life and power of God to bear in the situations He was in, no matter how difficult they were. Even on the way to the cross, He healed the man whose ear Peter had cut off.. He was able through prayer to receive the help from the Holy Spirit, and even from angels, which He needed in order to accomplish Godís purposes. He did not have to create a false imagination of His greatness. Because He knew that God was in charge of the world in which He lived and that He would someday reward Him, He did not have to create His own imaginary world. He was content to live in Godís reality, using the resources that His Father had provided for Him, waiting for God to reward His obedience to Him
A prayer to become like Jesus:
Father, I thank You that You have sent Jesus to model for me how to live. Thank You that You now send the Holy Spirit to me so that I can become like Him. Help me to live in the reality of this world and the plans and purposes You have for me.
Forgive me for the times I have tried to escape the difficulties of this life by creating my own fantasy world. Forgive me for not looking to You for direction and strength to deal with the problems of this life. Help me to draw on all the resources You offer me. Help me to spend time with You so that I can know and grow in Your plans and purposes for me. Help me to remember that You are a God Who rewards His people for their faithful service to Him.
Thank You for wanting to reveal more of Yourself, Your ways, and the love of Jesus to me. Let Your Holy Spirit continue to open my heart to You. Amen.
5. The fifth "I will" of Satan: "I will be like the Most High."
The ultimate rebellion of Satan is in his desire to set himself up as God. Satan had been given a place of authority and honor in Godís kingdom. In this position he became enamored with his own abilities and glory and tried to exalt himself, rather than giving glory to God. He ultimately declared himself to be God. He took the place of God in the hearts of his followers, and then he demanded that they worship him. This is manís ultimate rebellion-- rejecting the need for living under the plans and purposes of the true God, and then taking on himself the roles of God, eventually believing himself to be like God.
Jesus took upon Himself the form of a servant. He showed us how to live a life of service to God, exalting God rather than Himself. The people gave glory to God when Jesus, using the power and authority of God, performed miracles. Jesus lived to give glory to God. He confessed to His Father that His desire was to glorify Him by His total obedience. He did not seek glory for Himself nor let Himself be influenced by the glory that men would sometimes offer Him. He wanted His Father alone to be glorified. As God, He knew that His Father would glorify Him, but He told the people that He would only receive the glory that His Father would give to Him. He was satisfied living to glorify God and letting God glorify Him. He did not of Himself seek glory from people. He wanted God to be God.
A prayer to become like Jesus:
Father, I thank You that Jesus lived to glorify You. Help me to live for Your glory as well. Help me to turn to You any praise I receive because of the abilities You have given me. Forgive me for being influenced by the praises of people, or for being discouraged from doing Your will when others reject or criticize me. I thank You, Father, that You are God, that Jesus is God, and that the Holy Spirit is God. Thank You that through Your Spirit living in me, I can reflect Your nature to others, but help me to tell them it is only because the Spirit of the living God lives in me that I can do these things. Thank You, Father, that You want to impart Your character and power into me through having Your very Spirit live in me. Amen.
The ultimate judgment of God for Satan for trying to exalt himself over God is an eternity in the depths of hell, as described in verse 15 of Isaiah 14, where God says to him, "Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit." (KJV)
Those who have followed Satan, thinking his ways were good, will see and rejoice in the ultimate demise of his kingdom. They will say, "Art thou also become weak as we? Art thou become like unto us? Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee." (Isaiah 14:10-11 KJV)
The judgment of God concerning Jesus is elevation to the highest position in all the world, far above all other beings. The lesson is that the higher we try to exalt ourselves, the lower will be our final position. The more we humble ourselves to be submissive to the will of God for us, the higher will be our ultimate position. Satan, who tried to gain a position higher than Godís, will end with the lowest of the lowest positions. Jesus, who willingly entered hell for us with our sins, has received the highest of the highest positions. Let us seek through the power of the Holy Spirit to be like Him in His submission to His Father.
We who know Jesus and His plans and purposes for us, for the world, and for Satan and his evil demonic spirits, can rejoice. We can rejoice because God is saving us and drawing us ever closer into His Holiness and into His zeal for the things of His kingdom and character. We can rejoice because God is able to use us in bringing His message of salvation in Christ to others in this world. We can rejoice because we can participate with God as He brings others into His kingdom and delivers them from the kingdom of Satan. We can rejoice, knowing that Satanís rule and purposes have been defeated by Jesus and that the lies and deceptions of Satanís kingdom are being revealed. We can rejoice knowing that Satan will be punished for all that he has done to us and to others in Godís kingdom. We can rejoice in knowing that Satanís followers will be destroyed and will spend an eternity with him in hell.
We can rejoice in Christ. We can meditate on the following passages and shout them with David:
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Satan and those spirits who rebelled with him rule the darkness of this world. The Bible calls Satan the ruler of the darkness of this world (Ephesians 6:12). It states that Satanís rulers rule over nations and over families through sorceries (Naham 3:4; Revelation 18:23). Revelation 18:1-3 tells us that all the rulers of the nations have been deceived by the lusts of the spirit called the queen of Babylon. The Bible states that we are in a war against territorial rulers and spiritual powers in the world who establish strongholds in our minds (Ephesians 6:10-12;
2 Corinthians 10:3-5). According to Ephesians 2:1-2, those who live in Satanís kingdom are "energized" by his spirits, which give their people the strength to carry out Satanís desires. Remember, it was Satan who put into Judasí mind to betray Christ, and then later came into him and gave him the strength to finish his task (John 13:2,27). The Christian, on the other hand, has access to the Spirit of God, Who will give him the desire and the strength to do the will of God (Philippians 2:13).
Demons are also called unclean spirits. They are spiritual beings with personalities. They can put into peopleís minds wrong ideas or doctrines (1 Timothy 4:1). They can cause sickness, blindness, seizures, and many other forms of infirmity (Matthew 17:15; Luke 9:42; Luke 11:44; Luke 13:11). They can enter animals and manifest their desires through them (Mark 5:13-14). They have names that describe their work, their authority or their character (Mark 5:8-10; Luke 13:11). They can have access to us through our sinful ways (Ephesians 4:26-27). They can speak through people they are living in (Mark 1:23). Multiple demons might live in one person, each of them giving its authority to the designated leader or ruler (Mark 1:23-24; Mark 5:8-10 ). They know their eternal destiny of torment and are therefore fearful of being confronted with the power of God (Matthew 8:29; Mark 1:24). They pass on their guilt and fear to sinful people, causing them to feel guilty and ashamed, and to run from God (Genesis 3:7-8). They know and must respond to the Word of God when it is spoken to them by the Spirit of God through those under the authority of God (Mark 1:27; Luke 10:17).
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Jesus was given authority by His Father. He knew that He had come to bring healing and deliverance to the people. He said:
Those who were with Him knew of Godís call upon Jesus and testified to the reality that God had given Jesus such power and authority.
Jesus was able to deliver and heal the people because He knew that He would take their sin, sickness and infirmities upon Himself when He would die on the cross at Calvary. Jesus died for our sins. He died with our sins on Himself. He thereby destroyed Satanís right to inflict us with sickness.
The deliverance from the spirits of evil was done so that the people could be filled with the Spirit of God. Jesusí desire and work was to enable us to walk in the will and the power and under the authority of the Holy Spirit of God as He did. Jesus did what He did so that we could and would live in the will of God. He came to restore us into living in Godís kingdom, living for Him and doing what He is doing. Deliverance is a manifestation of Godís will for us to be freed from the will of Satan into the will of God.
The ultimate end of Jesusí ministry is that we would be one in spirit with our Heavenly Father, as He was. We can be one in spirit with God our Father as we become freed from the spiritual influences of evil and filled with the Spirit of God. We can know Him and experience the reality of living in His heavenly kingdom.
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In His ministry, Jesus showed the disciples the need for and the reality of dealing with demons and healing the sick in order to accomplish the purposes of God. He taught His disciples to do this also. He commissioned them. When he sent them forth on His behalf He sent them forth in His power and authority, telling them to heal the sick and to cast out demons even as He did.
Jesus expects us to continue His ministry. What He did for us, He will now do through us. We are to go and do what He did, as He leads us forth. This is His command, His expectation, and His promise for His disciples. He sends us forth to bring the life of the heavenly kingdom to this earth. He calls us to bring forth the message and demonstration of the kingdom of God.
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1) God's call & promise -- What is it?
a) Matthew 16:18,
b) Luke 10:19,
2) Misconceptions about God's plan -- What are they?
a) Luke 12:51-53
b) Hebrews 4:3-5,9-13
c) 2 Corinthians. 10:3-5
3) Satan's control -- Where is it?
a) Ephesians 2:2
b) Luke 4:5,6
c) 2 Thessalonians 2:9
4) Satan's plan & activities
a) John 10:10a
b) John 13:2
c) 1 Chronicles 21:1
d) Matthew 13:19
e) 2 Corinthians 4:4
f) 2 Corinthians 11:14,15
g) 2 Thessalonians 2:9
h) 1 Peter 5:8
i) Revelation 2:9
5) Satan's end -- What is it?
a) Matthew 25:41
b) 2 Peter 2:4
c) Isaiah 14:12-16 (Lucifer = Satan)
6) Satan's Ground
a) Ephesians 4:26,27
b) Deuteronomy 18:10-13
Look up these terms in a dictionary or a concordance. What is the modern-day equivalent of each?
7) God's Plan - What is it?
a) 1 John 3:8
b) Colossians 1:13
c) Colossians 2:15
d) 2 Corinthians 2:11
e) 2 Corinthians 12:7
f) Revelation 2:13
g) Luke 22:31,32
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There is a war going on within us.!! Just as there is a war in the spiritual realm between the spirits of God and the spirits of Satan, there is also a war going on within our being. The Bible says that our flesh, our old Adamic nature, is at war with the Holy Spirit Who lives within us (Galatians 5:17). We who have received Jesus have the Spirit of God within us, empowering the nature of Christ that God is forming within us (Philippians 2:13). God has lifted us out of the old nature and brought us into the realm of His Spirit, Who now dwells within us (Colossians 1:13). The Spirit of God is encouraging us to know Jesus, to intimately experience His presence within us, and to live for Him and in His will.
Our flesh still wants to draw us back into our old ways, into doing our own thing, living for the pleasures of this world or the gratification of our body. As the Holy Spirit reveals the roots of these old ways, and we confess them, they become deadened and the new life is able to occupy these parts of our life (Romans 8:13). We become stronger in Christ, we become increasingly like Him, we desire more of the things of His kingdom, and we yearn to worship and adore Him more and more.
The new Christ-like nature, which God is forming within us through the work of His Spirit, then knows through experience the beauty and holiness of God, and we begin to worship and praise Him from the depths of our being.
Jesus came to free us and to cleanse us so that our very beings would become dwelling places of God. He told His disciples that, "If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." (John 14:23 KJV, highlight added) ). He knew Godís desire for us to worship Him in our inner being. He told the woman at the well that, "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." (John 4:24 KJV) He prophesied to the woman that God would be worshipped by His people in the depths of their being. He said, "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him." (John 4:23 KJV)
He knew that many were only giving God Ďlip service,í worshipping with words or actions, but not from the heart. He said, "This people draws nigh unto me with their mouth, and honors me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me." (Matthew 15:8-9 KJV) Jesus knew that to know God was to be intimate with Him, and that to be intimate with Him was to worship Him. He knew and loved His Father and worshipped Him in all that He did (John 17:25). He prayed that we would be one in spirit with Him. He wanted us to know and live in His glory so that we would be one in spirit with His Father (John 17:21-22). He desired that for us. He desired that for His Father.
David, in the Old Testament, had a heart to know God and to worship Him. He said, "One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple." (Psalms 27:4 KJV) He built a tabernacle in which God was given continuous worship and praise every day for 33 years.
The prophet Amos, writing hundreds of years after David, spoke of God restoring the tabernacle of David. He said, "In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:" (Amos 9:11 KJV)
God is preparing Himself a place of worship in our being. God has promised that when we seek Jesus, He will come and cleanse His temple (Malachi 3:1).
When God called me to Mt. Sinai in 1978, he spoke to my heart and said, "Prepare ye the way of the Lord." One of the primary purposes God has given to Cyrus Ministries International is to bring freedom and deliverance to His people, His land and the world, so that God will be worshipped in all places.
The strongholds within us will be broken as we worship Him. We will be able to worship Him through songs, hymns, and spiritual songs as we go about our tasks and as we spend personal time alone with Him.
Satan will try to stop this. He will cause us to focus on our circumstances, on ourselves, on our fleshly desires, or on the seeming impossibility of our ever being freed. He will try to cause us to live apart from the heavenly realm of the Lord, where God is given continuous worship and praise by the angels closest to Him.
BUT GOD will prevail! The Spirit of God will lead us to know Jesus. Jesus will lead us to become intimate with our Heavenly Father. As we know Him, we will love Him. As we love Him, we will obey Him; as we obey Him, we will see His ways and know His purposes. As we know Him we will see His beauty and His majesty. As we see Him, our spirit will come alive and evermore desire to worship Him. As we worship Him we will experience His holiness. As we experience more of His holiness, we will want to let go of all that keeps us from living in Him. As we become freed, we will know more of Him. As we know more of Him we will become more alive in our spirit. As we become more alive in our spirit, we will see Him in greater majesty. As we see Him, we will worship Him more and in a deeper way with more of our being. And the process will continue into eternity. Godís eternal purpose for us will be accomplished, and our eternal desire will be to worship Him and live for Him.
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H. Prophecy and Warfare Ė The Call for Christian Leaders
When I was at Mt. Sinai in 1979, God spoke to me through His Word in Isaiah 51:16. The Holy Spirit spoke to Isaiah:
God puts words in our mouths so that we will speak them--into the heavenly realm, into the foundations of the earth, and into the life of His people.
Previously, God had spoken to us through the anointing of Cyrus which He had placed upon us: "That says of Cyrus, ĎHe is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasureí: even saying to Jerusalem, "Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid."" (Isaiah 44:28 KJV, bold added)
Over the 20+ years since these words were given to us, we have begun to learn their significance. God is asking us to speak the words He gives us, to His people, to the heavens, and to the foundations of the earth, so that He can establish His Word, His destiny, His truth and reign in us, in our land, in our nation, in the world, and in the spiritual realm of the heavenlies.
Many in the body of Christ have been called into this type of intercession and warfare. Many are going to remote locations, to places of darkness, and to places of need, declaring the prophetic destiny over people groups, lands, and nations, and into the heavenly realm. This is happening and has been happening for years. God is raising up His end-time army.
When declared in this way, Godís Word will stir up the spiritual powers and will reveal strongholds where Satan has established His kingdom. Godís Word, spoken through His anointed people, will bring about His plans, His purposes, and His destinies for individuals, for families, for people groups, for cities, for nations, and for the world. Yes, we will encounter a war when we participate in this battle. BUT JESUS is leading His bride forth. He is bringing together His people--His bride--His army for such encounters.
The prophet Ezekiel experienced Godís prophetic vision and victory. He prophesied to the dry bones, as directed. He called for the Spirit of God to come, as directed. He saw the dead bones come alive. He saw the wandering people become an army. He saw them participate in Godís victory over the national enemies of Israel.
Paul spoke such a word to Timothy, encouraging him to stand up and war for the prophetic word that had been given to him and his ministry. He said, "This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them might war a good warfare;" (1 Timothy 1:18 KJV)
As we enter and begin to come against the strongholds of new age practices, of homosexual lifestyles, of pornography, satanic music, and other such perversions found in the kingdom of Babylon, we will see spiritual powers behind the "outward manifestations" of evil begin to tremble at the glory of God upon us. We will see beyond these outward manifestations and see that behind them there are many people in captivity. Many of them are looking for a way out. Many are deeply wounded, and their wounds are leading them into ever-deepening darkness. We will receive sudden revelations of things to declare, of supernatural insights and understanding of hidden needs and sin. We will know how to speak the revelation of Godís prophetic words into the hearts of these prisoners of Satan, freeing them, and bringing great fear into the hearts of their prison guards. Godís power will be made known through us, His people.
GOD IS PREPARING HIS CHURCH. RISE UP, O MEN OF GOD!!!
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About Cyrus Ministries International
Rich and Kay Fick are the directors of Cyrus Ministries International. God has anointed and called them to this ministry. Rich, an ex-alcoholic, has personally experienced Godís love, forgiveness, power, healing and restoration. Their ministry involves helping others come out of their spiritual, emotional, mental and physical bondages into the fullness of the Holy Spirit, enabling them to know and live in Godís plan and purposes for them. They minister to individuals, equip churches for ministry, and disciple others in breaking down spiritual bondages over individuals, families, generations, communities and nations. Their calling and vision is to see Godís people living in the spiritual presence and reality of Godís heavenly kingdom as Jesus manifests His life into them and through them on earth.
The ministry has taken them to churches and groups locally and to many locations in the USA, as well as other nations. (Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Romania, India, Israel, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa, and Bolivia). As they travel, Rich and Kay minister healing, train leaders, and teach and disciple, as well as establishing ongoing networking relationships. Cyrus Ministries provides oversight to ministries and churches in other nations, helping them to come into their calling and destiny. Leaders from other nations are invited to come and spend time at the Big Rock location for training and impartation.
The Big Rock Ministry Center offers a meeting place for both small and large groups.Ü There are regular times of prayer, worship, teaching, impartation of the gifts of the Spirit, and fellowship.Ü
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